Key developments

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

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    • Coalition agreement (2018) commits the new government to supporting binding legislation at the European level to strengthen social and environmental responsibilities of transnational companies. 

    • Luxembourg Due Diligence Initiative (2018) campaign proposes human rights due diligence legislation to cover all companies headquartered in Luxembourg.

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International Bodies

International Bodies

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Europe

Europe

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Australia

Australia

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Canada

Canada

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Finland

Finland

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France

France

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Germany

Germany

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Italy

Italy

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Netherlands

Netherlands

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Sweden

Sweden

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    Arica v. BolidenChilean claimants allege that they suffered harm, including adverse health and environmental impacts, as a result of the negligent dumping and mismanagement of toxic waste in Chile by Swedish company Boliden. Ruling handed down March 8, 2018 in favour of the defendants, but the claimants intend to appeal.

    Swedish Agency for Public Management report (2018) recommends Government implement Human Rights Due Diligence obligations for Swedish companies.
     

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Switzerland

Switzerland

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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    • Okpabi v. Shell: Court rejected parent company responsibility for damage caused by its subsidiary. Claimants appealed. (2016, ongoing)
    • Lungowe v. Vedanta: Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling allowing a case brought by Zambian villagers against UK mining firm Vedanta to continue to be heard in UK courts. (2017)
    • UK Parliament’s Joint Committee for Human Rights calls for legislation to impose on all companies a duty to prevent human rights abuses. (2017)
    • AAA v. Unilever: Court found that claims against Unilever did not have arguable merit, but helped confirm developing doctrine of parent company liability and jurisdiction of courts over subsidiary. (2017)
    • Chandler v. Cape: Parent company deemed to have a duty of care owned to subsidiary’s employees. (2012)
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United States

United States

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This map shows legislative measures, judicial proceedings, authoritative guidance, institutional recommendations, reports, and policy statements which aim to embed companies’ responsibility to respect human rights across their global operations into law. The map does not, nor does it intend to, present a comprehensive compilation of all existing developments in this field. Its purpose is to highlight only mandatory measures, relevant judicial proceedings and decisions, and actionable political commitments. In this way, it demonstrates the growing acceptance of mandatory human rights due diligence (HRDD) and judicial solutions to holding parent companies in home states accountable for human rights abuses throughout their operations.